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Capitals Students Show Their Support World Aids Day

Thursday, 04 December 2008

Students at three of Napier's campuses added their voices to those around the world on Monday in raising awareness of HIV and Aids.  

In conjunction with Waverley Care, Scotland's leading charity providing care to people affected by HIV, Napier Students Association (NSA) held a series of events to raise awareness of the disease on World Aids Day.

Yvette Brough, Campaigns and Representations Officer at Napier, said: "What started off with one student coming to me for help and one stall planned, grew into a widely supported event, with all proceeds going to Waverley Care."

Three balloon tombolas were placed on three of Napier's campuses in the shape of the now synonymous red ribbon. A 'Pop the Cherry' competition was held with 50 tickets hidden in each of the 200-strong balloon ribbons. Each ticket had an allocated prize with participants, winning iPods to blue rubber ducks and condoms, having paid £1 to enter. Waverley Care tartan ribbons, promoting HIV awareness were also available.

Yvette added: "We are hoping to raise between £200 and £600, but the day was about more than just raising money. It was about making people aware of HIV, how it affects our local community and all the good work that Waverley Care do. That is what we hope was achieved on Monday. The events also served as a perfect launch for our sexual health and guidance week.

"We were also trying to give the global issue of Aids, a local context. The event is something our students really got behind, with GLOBE - Napier's LGBT Society, Students 4 Change, Napier Subculture, the NSA Executive and programme reps all doing their part."

Bryce Potter, Fundraiser with Waverley Care, said: "Waverley Care is delighted that Napier University students chose such a unique and visual way of drawing attention to the significance of 1 December, World AIDS Day.

"I'm certain that the three 2-metre high AIDS ribbons, each composed of 300 red balloons, raised awareness of the condition and the stigma surrounding an HIV diagnosis."



About Napier University

Napier is a friendly, lively, modern University, with campuses conveniently located around south central Edinburgh - one of the UK's most student-friendly cities. Napier offers over 200 undergraduate and post graduate courses and has over 14,000 students from over 80 countries. Napier was ranked number one for Graduate Employability in Scotland (HESA 2008) and the number one modern university in Scotland - The Guardian University Guide (published in May 2008).